The NBA and NBPA are continuing negotiations of the league’s possible return and how players will be taken care of. As ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski have reported, one agreement that has been finalized is that the NBA will be prorating performance bonuses and incentives with March 11 as the end date of the regular season. This means that the additional eight regular season games that will be played in Orlando to finalize seeding before the playoffs won’t be taken into account in this regard.
Joel Embiid will benefit from this. The Philadelphia 76ers’ star center signed his five-year, $148 million extension in 2017, and his contract includes financial protections for the Sixers if Embiid suffers a career-ending injury. To fully guarantee the rest of his contract, he needed to play 1,650 minutes this season.
However, now that this has been prorated over the 65 games that the Sixers played before the season was suspended, the new minute requirement is lower than the 1,329 minutes Embiid has already played. He’s now owed a very reasonable (and well deserved) $94,738,170 over the three years left on his contract after this season.
Embiid recently gave an update on how he’s been doing, saying that he’s been working out six times a week over the last month to work on his conditioning and keep in shape for whenever the season resumes.